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Why is my mercury thermometer dangerous?

Mercury is highly poisonous, and the mercury inside of a thermometer can have dangerous health effects if you are exposed to it directly. Mercury is a toxin that affects the neurologic system of your body; its vapor can cause mood swings, insomnia and memory loss, and high vapor levels can damage organs. For infants and children, exposure to mercury can directly affect brain development.

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